New Music (6/3 — 6/9)

Carnifex ft. Alissa White-Gluz: “No Light Shall Save Us”

Amon Amarth: “Mjolner, Hammer of Thor”

Heilung: “Traust”

Make Them Suffer: “Hollowed Heart”

Beartooth: “Afterall”

Crown The Empire: “Sudden Sky”

Yohio: “My Nocturnal Serenade”

Blackrain: “Dying Breed”

Majestica: “Above The Sky”

Oh, Sleeper: “Decimation & Burial”

Dead Lover: “Ashes”

Northlane: “Talking Heads”

Time, The Valuator: “Vibrant”

Grand Magus: “Untamed”

Chon: “Pitch Dark”

The Agonist: “In Vertigo”

Demon Hunter: “More Than Bones”

The HU: “Shoog Shoog”

Buckcherry: “Right Now”

Crashdïet: “Idiots”

Lion’s Share: “We Are What We Are”

The Glorious Sons: “Panic Attack”

Bootyard Bandits: “Ladies’ Man”

Wheels Of Fire: “Tonight Belongs To You”

Murder on the Airwaves: “One More Ride”

Days To Come: “Wolves”

Unearth: “Incinerate”

Red: “The Evening Hate”

Courage My Love: “Teenagers”

Lolita Komplex ft. Chris Harms: “We’re All Dead”

Sunset Riders: “The Creature Comes Alive!”

Fortunate Me: “Wishing Well”

Elvenking: “Under The Sign Of A Black Star”

James Maslow: “Love U Sober”

Lost Kings ft. Anna Clendening: “Too Far Gone”

Muna: “Number One Fan”

Kevin McHale: “James Dean”

Keane: “The Way I Feel”

Kiiara: “Open My Mouth”

Face Without Fear: “Deliverance”

Without Tomorrow: “I Wanted To”

Syck: “Blood in the Water”

New Music (5/6 — 5/12)

Belle Haven: “Forget Me”

blink-182: “Blame It On My Youth”

Volumes: “Until the End”

Emarosa: “Get Back Up”

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes: “Angel Wings”

Silversun Pickups: “Freakazoid”

Royal Bliss: “PAIN”

Poets of the Fall: “The Sweet Escape”

Danny Worsnop: “Ain’t Feelin’ Sorry”

Samael: “Hegemony”

Through Fire: “All Animal”

Bring Me The Horizon: “mother tongue”

Locket: “Out of Sight”

Alien Weaponry: “Ahi Ka”

Motionless In White: “Undead Ahead 2: The Tale of the Midnight Ride”

BabyMetal: “Elevator Girl

Beartooth: “Takeover”

Beartooth: “Messed Up”

The Absence: “Walking Shadows”

Cult of Luna: “The Silent Man”

WildHeart: “No Love”

Temple Of One: “Song Of Hope”

Violet Crime: “Heard You Like The Rolling Stones”

Druids: “Shivast”

Chloe ft. Nathan James: “Giving Up On You”

Carry The Crown: “Caught In The Middle”

Electric Radio Kings: “Jack Black Flower”

Crazy Lixx: “Silent Thunder”

Combichrist: “Understand”

(hed) p.e.: “Can I Rock?”

Black Earth: “Burn On The Flame”

Judah & the Lion: “Don’t Mess With My Mama”

Barns Courtney: “You and I”

New Music (7/23 — 7/29)

Hespera: “Remnants of Existence”

Oh, Weatherly: “Chasing California”

The Treatment: “Let’s Get Dirty”

Judas Priest: “No Surrender”

Springbrooke: “End of the Line”

Beartooth: “Disease”

Set It Off: “Killer in the Mirror”

Aesthetic Perfection ft. Nikki Misery: “Bye Bye Bye” (NSYNC cover)

Fozzy: “Burn Me Out”

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators: “Driving Rain”

Unearthly Trance: “Mechanism Error”

Psychostick: “You Can (Maybe) Do It”

Make Them Suffer: “27”

Opia: “Ascend”

New Years Day: “Disgust Me”

Doro ft. Johan Hegg: “If I Can’t Have You, No One Will”

Graham Bonnet Band: “Livin’ in Suspicion”

Bobaflex: “Off With Your Head”

Metal Allegiance: “Voodoo of the Godsend”

Conan: “Vexxagon”

Crossfaith: “Catastrophe”

Hands Like Houses: “Overthinking”

Vista: “Witch Hunt”

Monster Truck: “Evolution”

Vherbal ft. Brett Carlisle: “Inside My Walls”

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#17)

1. Devil in Disguise

Hard rock/metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. For fans of Avatar, Avenged Sevenfold, early Stonesour, etc. Devil in Disguise released their debut album, Welcome to Hell, earlier this month. Check out the first single — “Sick Of You.” And I have it from a very reliable source that the next single and video will be out soon!

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2. Dark Summer

Hard rock from Florida. For fans of Three Days Grace, I Prevail, Crown the Empire, etc. Dark Summer has a show at House of Blues in Orlando on August 25th. Their latest album, Full Circle, is available now. Dark Summer has also been entered in the neXt2rock contest, hosted by 95.9 Rock in Melbourne. Visit their Facebook for more info. Here are “Push” and their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.”

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3. Black Water Rising

Rock/metal from New York. For fans of Black Label Society, Theory of a Deadman, Shaman’s Harvest, etc. Black Water Rising has a few shows on the horizon. Their newest album, Electrified, was released in late 2017 and is available in both digital and physical formats. Listen to “Brother Go On” and “Dance With the Devil.”

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4. A Few Memories

Electronic/industrial music from Paraguay. For fans of Orgy, Dope Stars Inc., Mindless Self Indulgence, etc. You can check out A Few Memories’ full discography via bandcamp. Below are two songs from their latest EP, Llamando a Venus: “Espejismo de Escape” and “Mundo Enfermizo.”

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5. Silent Echoes

Hard rock from Florida. For fans of Beartooth, The Amity Affliction, solo Ben Bruce, etc. Silent Echoes have some upcoming shows, which you can find on their Facebook. Their debut EP, Getting Through, is available on digital platforms such as iTunes. The new album, Lullabies, is coming soon! Hear the title track now!

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Self Help Festival 2018

The Self Help Festival is taking place on September 29th at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Detroit. So far, the lineup consists of Limp Bizkit, Asking Alexandria, Nothing More, Beartooth, Denzel Curry, Turnstile, Knocked Loose, and Sylar. We will keep you updated as more acts are announced!

Bands You Should Know: Hot Gospel

Hot Gospel reached out to me via Instagram, requesting that I give them a listen. What they didn’t know is…they were already on my list of bands to check out. Based on my love of Asking Alexandria, Every Time I Die, and others, Hot Gospel seemed to fit the bill nicely.

I jumped on YouTube and listened to the songs available there, just to get a taste. I started with “Thanks For The Blood.” The opening riff hooked me immediately, and while I fully appreciate the growling screams, the clean vocals were very nice, reminiscent of early era M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) mixed with Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria). Honestly, the track filled me with the urge to dive into a mosh pit.

I followed the link to their Bandcamp for more. The best thing about Hot Gospel, in my humble opinion, is the fact that they don’t fall into the standard metal/hardcore sound. Many bands tend to become complacent, but thus far, Hot Gospel is nowhere close. They include the elements of several genres, then add their own unique twist to tie it all together.

I would highly recommend Hot Gospel to anyone who appreciates a fresh approach to a favorite genre. The band is currently recording a new EP, to be released in August/September. A single and music video will be out even sooner, so keep your eyes peeled; you know I’ll be sharing it here!

Check out the songs below and be sure to visit Hot Gospel on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and their official site. If you sign up for their mailing list, you will get free stuff and merch discount codes!

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#6)

1. Midnight Blackout

A post hardcore/math rock band from France. For fans of Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, etc. You can listen to their debut EP, Hangover, on Spotify or YouTube. For a taste of what you can expect, check out “Lorenzo.”

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2. Amerakin Overdose

AOD is a mix of industrial, hard rock, metal, and even a bit of pop. They hail from Oregon. For fans of Nine Inch Nails, Mushroomhead, Static-X, etc. Amerakin Overdose will be hitting the road for a summer tour, kicking off June 29th. Here is my favorite song from them, “Letting Go.”

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3. Advocates

A hard rock/metal/post hardcore band from Australia. For fans of early Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall, etc. Check out “Destructive Tendencies” from 2016’s The Complex Truth.

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4. Values

A melodic metal/hardcore band from the UK. For fans of early Asking Alexandria, Mastodon, Beartooth, etc. Listen to the latest single, “Hopeless,” below!

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5. Marquis of Vaudeville

A truly unique band from Dallas. Best described as alternative/carnivalesque rock/psychedelic punk cabaret. I don’t know how to do a “for fans of,” but perhaps I can say if you liked the music from The Devil’s Carnival, or just Emilie Autumn, you’ll like Marquis of Vaudeville. I’m sharing the first song I listened to, and I highly encourage you to check out more.

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